Saturday, April 22, 2017

Is The End Near For "Birthright Citizenship"?

     In short... I doubt it.

"While Trump has not been publicly vocal about this issue since becoming president, there is a bill in the House to advance this proposal. We rate this promise In the Works."
My Comments
Rep. Steven King, R-Iowa, introduced H.R.140 - Birthright Citizenship Act of 2017. It would require those born in the United States to have at least one parent who is "(1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident alien whose residence is in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the U.S. Armed Forces". Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA] is one of 22 cosponsors of the bill.

It was first introduced January 03, 2017. On January 23, 2017 it was then referred to the "House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security" where it's been sitting idle. Therefore--unless Donald Trump gets a bee under his bonnet--it likely to languish. HOWEVER you never know with the Donald do you?

I can understand one reason where this may be coming from. A travel industry has been created so as to enable visitors to come here to give birth. Thus guaranteeing their children citizenship status. In other words gaming the system. Since neither parent is allowed to stay indications are parents do return to their home country with the child. So most are not dumping off their kids and leaving them here. If so why such a measure? Is this in the interest of national security, one which is racially motivated against foreigners or is something more elusive going on here?

Article II of our constitution only requires a President to be a natural-born citizen of the United States, at least thirty-five years old, and a resident of the United States for fourteen years. Think in terms of Barack Obama. Since this bill consist entirely of Republicans one can't help wonder if they want to head off a repeat of this whole birtherism thing if this should ever come up again? I suspect that to be the real motive for H.R.140 (2017).

Most of these parents are hoping to gain for their child dual citizenship. I doubt most have in mind one day their child would seek presidency. I suppose like most parents they are hoping their kid will have a better chance in life. This is one way of doing that. I'm not seeing much more then this as a motive for coming here to give birth. I highly doubt whether they were trying to give their kid easy access to become a terrorist or a free loader. What parent would want such for their child?

That said--I'm not entirely opposed to this measure. But let's do it for the right reasons (if there are ones). Donald Trump's angry words doesn't explain why he feels there's a need for it. Yeah I know he's against these folks.. BUT WHY? What's his rational? What's his motivation? Until he or the sponsors can explain such details let the bill rot in committee.

When someone starts messing with the 14th amendment regarding children born to citizens of other countries they better have some damn good reasons. It's a sure fire bet if this bill were ever passed it would be challenged in the supreme court. Given the history of the courts' prior rulings moving this bill forward would be taking on a fool's errand. This regardless of Donald's or the sponsors motives whatever they are.

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